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Intellectual Property Nut & Bolts

IP Nuts & Bolts

How Long Does The Process Take?

Patent applications usually take about two months to prepare, but can easily take an additional two years to get through the USPTO.

The process for a trademark registration typically takes a half year to a year, but can go either slower or faster. International trademark applications can be submitted under the Madrid Protocol.

The process for copyright registration is fast, taking not much more time than collecting the information concerning the work to be registered and putting it in order.

How Long Does A Patent Last?

Utility and plant patents are granted for a term that ends 20 years after the date the applications were filed. Design patents last 14 years from the date the patent is granted.

What's A Utility Patent?

Most patents are utility patents. They include all mechanical, electrical and chemical inventions.

What's A Provisional Patent?

Since June 8, 1995, the USPTO has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for utility patents. Provisional applications allow a lower-cost first patent filing in the U.S. and under the GATT Uruguay Round Agreements give U.S.-based applicants parity with other applicants.

What Are The Typical Costs For IP Protection?

The full cost of filing a patent, including attorney fees and filing with the USPTO tend to start at about $4,000, and goes up from there.

Trademark registration is far less expensive than patent applications, typically between $500 and $1,000 for simple trademark registrations.

Copyright is also less expensive than the patent process. The lawyers at Norred Law PLLC help you register, license and defend your portfolio of copyrights.

Arlington Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents And Utility Patents

Who can be a patent attorney? Not just anyone; attorneys must be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as Warren Norred is.

Multiple Protection

Sometimes an idea can and should be protected in multiple ways. Architects and engineers, for example, sometimes seek both trademark and copyright protection for building designs.

Whether you live in Arlington, Texas, or on the other side of the world, IP attorney services are just a phone call away. Call Dallas-Fort Worth intellectual property rights attorney Warren Norred at 817-704-3984 to schedule a discussion about protecting your bright idea, book, song or invention. Or email us using this handy form.

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